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Trails in Shenandoah National Park

Backcountry Regulations for Shenandoah National Park

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  1. Tom permalink
    May 9, 2017 1:42 pm

    Thank you very much for creating this. I’m looking at spending 6 weeks from October 15th 2017 hiking at a slow and steady pace along this route, from start till I run out of time. Can you please tell me what the temperatures will be? I have high quality camping gear to 0 degrees comfortably. Able to go to -2.
    Also can you please tell me will there be stores along the routes for food/water/showers? And how far apart are they.
    Thank you very much



    • May 12, 2017 9:59 pm

      Hi Tom! You might want to check with Shenandoah National Park about permits. I’m pretty sure the park limits people to 14 consecutive nights in the backcountry. I’m not sure if you’re planning on spending all of your six weeks on the trail, but you might want to look at the permit regulations before planning. Most of the amenities (campgrounds, restaurants, stores, water, showers) will be open when you start on October 15, but most of them start closing by the end of October. The exact dates for closings change from year to year, so you should look for exact dates on the park’s website. All of the amenities are along Skyline Drive. Some are as close as 6 trail miles apart, but sometimes you have to walk 20+ miles to get to services. As far as temperatures, I’ve hiked in mid-October in shorts and a tee-shirt, but I’ve also hiked in mid-October in a down jacket and base-layers. It’s a shoulder season – you never know what you’ll get.


  2. LEM permalink
    September 6, 2016 5:11 pm

    Thanks for putting this up. Are these all the trails available in Shenandoah, or there are others that are not listed here?


    • September 7, 2016 8:02 am

      There are many more trails in Shenandoah! These are just the most popular and worthwhile (in our opinion). All told. the park has just over 500 miles of hiking trails and fire roads.


  3. ycmrun permalink
    June 29, 2016 11:13 am

    This is a great site.Thanks for putting this up. Wondering if you are hiking this July 4th weekend. I’m camping for 4 days at Big Meadow. Would love some company !!


    • June 29, 2016 11:30 am

      Thanks for the visit and the nice feedback! We’re planning oh hiking outside the park this weekend – closer to the WV border. I hope you have a great trip!


  4. Hope permalink
    May 26, 2016 7:48 pm

    This is a great site! Makes it very easy to access a lot of trails conveniently. Thanks! I have Elkwood to Jenkins and Bear Church rock on my list.


  5. Emily permalink
    October 7, 2015 9:09 am

    Thank you so much for the detailed descriptions and directions for each trail in Shenandoah! It really helped me decide what trails to do in my short visit to Shenandoah.


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